Speaking of comments

Edmond Begumisa <>
Wed Dec 8 16:15:14 CET 2010


I've thought -- now and then, in the back of my mind -- about removing  
comments from actual source all-together (for all languages) and instead,  
putting them in companion files that the editor lines up side-by-side.  
More like annotating than just traditional commenting.

Has this sort of thing been done before? Is there a particular editor that  
can give me this out of the box? (I admittedly haven't explored a large  
number of editors)

Using Erlang as an example, I've secretly wanted something like...

foo.erl
foo.cts

Then an editor that could give me two panes while keeping the two files in  
sync...

foo ->  | This function does...
   blah  |   This part is buggy...
   balh  |

Also, in the right pane, I've wanted nestable trees with flexible levels  
of detail. Heck, why not even rich text? "FIX ME" in bold red. Take it  
further: login-name awareness, source-control/bug-tracker integration  
(this programmer said this, that programmer said that.)

It seems a shame that in 2010, it's still so limiting what we can do with  
comments in our source code!

- Edmond -

On Thu, 09 Dec 2010 01:39:42 +1100, David Mercer <> wrote:

> On Tuesday, December 07, 2010, Richard O'Keefe wrote:
>
>> Nesting comments are one of those clever ideas
>> that turn out to be really dumb, because they don't actually work.
>
> I'll bite, mainly because I've sometimes thought nesting comments would  
> be
> helpful, for instance, when commenting out large blocks of code, but it  
> is
> rare that I get to work with a language that supports them.  Since you're
> almost always right about such things, why do you say that they don't
> actually work?
>
> Cheers,
>
> David
>
>
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